Medical industry to create 85,000 jobs in Baja California

BAJA CALIFORNIA – The maquiladora industry of medical devices in the state of Baja California could close the year with a generation of 85,000 jobs, since this sector, despite the contingency derived from COVID-19, has grown in labor, said the Ministry of Sustainable Economy and Tourism (SEST) of the state of Baja California.

“This sector started the year with 71 (new) jobs and despite the pandemic, we are going to close the year with more than 85,000 jobs, which speaks of the confidence there is to invest in Baja California”, explained the head of the SEST, Mario Escobedo Carignan.

The official said this within the framework of the delivery of 10,000 surgical masks to the General Hospital of Tijuana, donated by the Availmed company, derived from the efforts of the Maquiladora Industry and Export Manufacturing Association (INDEX) Zona Costa.

Availmed is a manufacturer of single-use disposable medical articles, which produces for major brands in the global market, is part of the industrial giant Flextronics and has a workforce of 3,100 employees in Tijuana.

Among other products it manufactures are catheters, devices for the treatment of vision, syringes, plastic parts, medical instruments and feeding bags for pathological treatments.

Escobedo Carignan previously reported that Medline Industries, another manufacturer in the medical sector, will expand in Mexicali. It has two manufacturing plants for its sterile surgical tray and Centurion divisions, where it will employ 2,200 employees. Likewise, the minister explained that the economic reactivation has been developed in a responsible manner, which has placed the entity as a leader in the economic reactivation of the country as well as in the generation of new jobs.

Source: Forbes